24 May 2007

RAMSI immunity is necessary - says special coordinator

10:16 am on 24 May 2007

RAMSI's special coordinator, Tim George says while immunities do not give their personnel the authority to break the law or intended to benefit individuals, it is necessary.

Mr George, who spoke to journalists attending the Pacific Islands News Association meeting in Honiara, defended immunity because he says it ensures the effective performance and functions of RAMSI.

He says if immunities were not in place, RAMSI's activities could be undermined, delayed or impeded, and the threat of legal claims could be used to intimidate or influence personnel.

Mr George says therefore immunities are important in ensuring RAMSI personnel can undertake their work effectively, in an independent and objective manner and that the mission's time and resources are not easily diverted away from the task it has come to do.